Parveen is more relaxed now: Emraan Hashmi

Shalvi Mangaokar

Mumbai, July 30 -- Since 2011, Emraan Hashmi has delivered back-to-back hits like Murder 2, The Dirty Picture and Jannat 2. Now, as part of the ranks of the top Bollywood stars, the actor has never been busier. And, he admits, his family is more at ease lately, since he isn't locking lips with every female co-star.

Emraan says, "My parents watched Shanghai and they were delighted that they didn't see me kiss in the film. Those scenes were getting very repetitive, so I really wanted to surprise them and the audience." So, is his wife Parveen relieved too? "Definitely. Parveen's very happy and way more relaxed," says the actor. Quiz him on his next, Raaz 3, opposite Bipasha Basu, and Emraan tells us, "I play a mainstream Bollywood director. When you watch the film, you will see him transform."

Looking at his recent history, does he believe he will enter the elite Rs.100 crore club soon? The actor responds, "Anyone would want their film to do great business and I'm no exception. I've had film offers earlier which I knew would cross the Rs.100 crore mark, but since the subject didn't go down too well with me, I didn't take them up. I'd rather be satisfied with the content than make a senseless decision."

Emraan played the role of gangster Dawood Ibrahim in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010), and now, Akshay Kumar is ready to take on the mantle in the film's sequel. So does Emraan believe that the audience would have wanted to see him in the sequel? He says, "I'm sure Milan (Luthria, director) and Ekta (Kapoor, producer) have invested a lot of money and creative efforts into making this film. I did my best in part one and it was a success."

He has also been doing hit films with Ekta lately. Does he consider himself to be her lucky mascot? The actor responds, "We're each other's lucky mascots. With her knowledge and my inputs, we complement each other."

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.